Does new car smell last for 16 years?
While the new Mustang may be one of the best pony cars ever produced by Ford, it doesn't hold a candle to the rarity and cool factor of the Mustang Cobra R. The Cobra R, for those unfamiliar, was a limited edition 'Stang built back in 2000 that was, at the time, the most track-focused Mustang built since the original Shelby GT350 was released back in the 1960s. It was so rare in fact, that Ford only produced 300 units worldwide and only produced the car for one model year, the year 2000.
The fact that the car was produced in such low numbers and for such a short period of time (a la the last generation Ford GT) meant that it became an instant collectors car. In fact, because of the presumed collectability of the car, many owners took delivery of their car, stored it away in a garage and never drove it again. The car for sale by Texas dealer BJ Motors is one of those examples that had been tucked away from the moment it left the showroom floor. BJ Motors is asking $79,995 for their showroom new, 85-mile example (it even still has the plastic on the seats). Adjusted for inflation, that is only $1,800 more than the original sales price of $55,845. So technically it's a deal.
The Cobra R was powered by 5.4-liter V8 that produced a substantial 385 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. As with all Mustangs, power was sent to the rear wheels. What made the R different, however, was that it came equipped with independent rear suspension, stripped out interior and a race fuel cell. All of which meant that it was a blast to drive. This actually isn't the first time we've seen a Cobra R in mint condition on eBay. The last one we spotted had 435 miles on it and was sold for $55,000. Will this one sell for more than $55k? We don't know. In fact, all we really want to know is if that new car smell holds up 16 years later.